Trio faces illegal drug raps

By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Two live-in partners and another person are facing illegal drug charges following their arrest in separate drug buy-bust operations on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, here and in Panay, Capiz.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) will be filed today, Feb. 21, against Marque Acap Jr, 36, of Barangay Cagbang, Oton, Iloilo and his partner Shiella Mae Devera, 27, of Railway Street, Barangay 9 here.

Acap and Devera were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation at Barangay Lawaan, Roxas City.

Recovered from the two were 3 sachets of suspected shabu, the P500 marked money, a cellphone and drug paraphernalia.

The two denied the charges saying the evidence were “planted”.

But Acap admitted he was arrested and jailed for the same offense before.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Jasper Francisco from Barangay Poblacion Tabuc, Panay, Capiz was nabbed by police in another operation.

Recovered from Francisco were 3 sachets of suspected shabu and the P1,200 marked money.

Police Major Bryant Fallera, Panay Municipal Police Station chief, said it took a month of monitoring and surveillance before the operation was conducted.

Francisco is presently detained at Panay police station.